Training objectives

Interdisciplinary Intersectoral Training:

All Early-Stage-Researchers (ESR, PhD students) will be working on interdisciplinary projects which will be conducted as a cooperative effort of an academic and an industrial lead partner, one of which will be primarily responsible for the project, other partners may contribute with their specific expertise.

All ESRs

  1. will receive training in both academia- and industry-related research and skills through our Research Training Courses, Complementary Skills Courses and Soft Skills Courses;
  2. will join the BetaTrain Network Meetings that include academic and industrial partners;
  3. will join the “Academia Meets Industry” symposium organized by our industrial partners;
  4. are obliged to engage in intersectoral secondments.

Thus, all ESRs that are appointed at an academic partner will spend time in industry and vice versa.

Intersectoral Coaching and Supervision:

A supervisor from academia together with an industrial mentor and vice versa will be assigned to each ESR if permitted. Both are responsible for the design of an individual study program for the ESR, his or her training and, if required, extra coaching. The mentor will evaluate the scientific progress and the personal development of the ESR once a year. The mentor will give a feed-back to the supervisor / Network Training Committee and report problems or short-comings of the training program.

Intersectoral Secondments:

Secondments represent an important training element for ESRs to acquire interdisciplinary and intersectoral training and new technological expertise, and will enhance mobility. These secondments will have a duration of 1-3 months and may be repeated in the run time of the project. Usually, the secondment will take place in a partnering institution of the specific project, additional training units of a maximum of 2-3 weeks may take place in other BetaTrain institutions with special, unique expertise. By systematically linking two or more partners from academia as well as industry in the individual Research Projects, the ESRs will be brought into an optimal position to receive high quality intersectoral interdisciplinary training.

Concept of the training courses:

The BetaTrain training program consists of two lines of training: training of hard skills (science and complementary skills) and a soft skills training program. The science skills will be trained either within the local PhD training programs or in the network-wide training program. The training courses are also open to all partners of the European consortia participating in BetaTrain. The soft skills training is intended to promote the ability of the trainees to successfully work in an international environment.

Local Training Activities include:

• Individual “hands-on” Research Projects.
• Training provided through courses offered by the partner institutions.
• Compulsory institutional training modules for ESRs.
• Lab meetings, journal clubs, project presentations, etc..
• Elective training modules, such as Language Skills courses or institutional Summer Schools.


Network-Wide Training Activities include:

The Network-Wide Training Activities will be conducted in conjunction with the Network Meetings which contain:

1. Research Training Courses;
2. Complementary Skills Courses and Soft Skills Courses;
3. The “Academia Meets Industry” symposium;
4. The International BetaTrain Conference;
5. Presentations and discussion of the ESR´s work.

Furthermore, secondments will supplement training with intersectoral and intrasectoral experience.